Situation in neighbouring Maha, K'taka being monitored: Goa CM

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(Eds: Adds quotes of state health minister) Panaji, Apr 5 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said there was no immediate plan to impose lockdown or curfew here but the COVID-19 situation in the state and neighbouring ones was being monitored by his government.

He said the number of tests in the state had increased and asked people to adhere to COVID-19 norms strictly so that the outbreak can be tackled.

'There is no immediate plan to impose lockdown or curfew in Goa. We are monitoring the situation in Maharashtra and Karnataka where COVID-19 cases are rising alarmingly,' he told reporters.

Meanwhile, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said beds were getting occupied in COVID facilities in the state quickly as cases rise.

The 200-bed facility in Margao in south Goa was almost full, and 300 more beds are being added to meet the need, and similar was the case with the 150-bed GMCH, he said after chairing a review meeting on the outbreak situation.

He said he would meet the CM to demand 'certain restrictions' in the state so that the surge in cases can be tackled.

He said the CM did not impose lockdown in Goa as there is a need to balance the issue of rising cases with economic aspects.

Goa, as on Monday, has 2,057 active COVID-19 cases and additional testing machines will be installed in GMCH to cover more people, the minister said, adding that the government was targeting 2,500 to 3,000 tests per day in the state to control the outbreak.

He said 30-40 people are being admitted daily in COVID-19 facilities in the state and there was urgent need to ramp up health infrastructure.

The state government would set up a genomic testing laboratory to detect new strains of the virus as results of several samples sent to NIV, Pune had not arrived as yet, Rane informed. PTI RPS BNM BNM